Braves quotes after Wednesday loss to Cubs

**FREDI GONZALEZ

“Huddy was outstanding. So much that if he would have come out of the seventh inning with no runs, I was thinking about letting him hit in the eighth, because he was that dominant.”

“Maholm kept us off-balance. I thought we had some balls hit right at people with people in scoring position. They did a nice job defending us there.”

On seeing so many balls hit into the Cubs shift in series

“We swung the bats well. Even though we didn’t score any runs today, I can’t complain about our offense. They did a nice job defending us… It seems like we should have won two out of three, especially with Huddy’s performance today.”

On Dempster and Maholm pitching better than a lot of people might realize

“You hear people talk about they are not a very good offensive club, but that pitching will keep them in games. Wow, it’s pretty good pitching we faced, especially those two guys, Dempster and [Maholm] today. They keep pitching like that, they’ll be OK. They’ve got enough guys who can scoot around the bases, they’ll be able to create some runs.”

On Hudson looking in after LaHair RBI single; Huddy surprised shift was on?

“I don’t know. I didn’t see that. I know Huddy looks in a lot of times after a groundball, looking at Rossy, but I don’t know what they were thinking there. Maybe he was looking at Rossy about whether the location was good or bad. I don’t know. That’s a question to ask Huddy. But damn, that’s a helluva performance.”

**DAVID ROSS

On Hudson’s performance

“He shouldn’t have given up a hit. He was as dominant as ever. Stuff-wise, he was as good as I’ve ever caught him. Four years here, nobody’s thrown the ball like he was throwing. I was catching and I didn’t feel like he should have given up a hit. It stinks we didn’t score for him. That’s a frustrating one, when he pitches like that. It’s just frustrating. Period.”

On LaHair’s single, discussiong before at-bat

“We walked out and I said, hey, the guy on deck is hitting a buck-90 (.190) and this guy is hitting almost .400. I feel like he had the stuff to get him out, but let’s execute our pitches and do what we did. We did exactly what we wanted to do and got a groundball. A weak groundball, really. It just happened to be in a spot where nobody was. Really, Jack almost got to that ball. I thought he got to it, but it just kind of took a weird hop on that soft dirt and got through. It just stinks. Oh, man.”

On Huddy looking in after the ball went through, as if surprised in the shift

“I didn’t see. I was too upset, wanting to choke somebody at about that time.”

How good was Hudson’s sinker?

“It was unbelievable. I told him, the best stuff you’ve had since I’ve been here. His sinker was just sinking for all strikes down in the zone. His breaking ball had huge, huge break to it, it was sharp. His cutter was really good, moved to both sides of the place well. He threw four-seamers when he needed to. Even the split, he threw a couple of splits that were good.”

“If you’ve got that as a catcher to work with — for me that was no-hit stuff today.”

On Paul Maholm having so many great games against Braves

“I tell you what, those lefties that just don’t ever really give in, the soft lefties with cutters, change-ups, they never really give you that heater to hit, we struggle with a little bit. It’s just one of those days, he had good stuff. We hit some balls hard. I thought they were real lucky with positioning today. I thought Chipper Jones could have had four hits today. If that wind is blowing out, I think that last one is a homer. He hit two up the middle that probably are normally hits, especially that one with Prado on third. That ball’s a missile

“I don’t know if it just wasn’t meant for us to win today, or what. Frustrating day as a catcher when you’ve got a guy throwing that well and we don’t pick up a ‘w.’”

Ever seen a team use shift so much?

“No. They don’t shift on me, but watching that, you’re thinking how you’re taught ‘drive the ball up the middle.’ When you’re trying to teach you’re trying to work up the middle, the other way.

“We hit one that almost killed a pitcher yesterday [and was caught for an out by Demspter]. Stuff like that … it’s frustrating.”

**TIM HUDSON

Got to be frustrating to pitch that well and lose?

“Yeah, it’s disappointing. I feel like we played a pretty good game. Obviously they had a guy over there that was throwing the ball really well, too. He was making some pitches. They had some breaks with some of their defensive alignments with some guys on base. The ball was bouncing their way. Not a whole lot else you can say.”

“I feel like I was making some pretty good pitches. The best I’ve felt this year. It’s just disappointing. I feel like we should have won the game, even though their guy was throwing the ball well. I felt like we should have come out on top.”

Ross said  best you’ve been when he’s caught; you feel you’re back all the way?

“Today I felt really good. My sinker felt really good. It was coming out good, had some life to it. My other stuff, I felt like it was as godo as it’s been in a while. Through this whole process, it’s been getting a little bit better. And today was obviously better than it was in Colorado. You can’t really take a whole lot from any start in Colorado, but it was definitely good to see some good action on the ball and a lot better command than I have had early on in this process.”

On the wind blowing in today

“I don’t care how hard the wind is blowing. I mean if my sinker is the way it was today, it could blow out 20 miles an hour. If you keep it on the ground, the wind doesn’t have any effect. But today was a good day to pitch here, there’s no question about that. Wind was coming in. It’s always nice throwing here because you know the grass is going to be nice and thick, and you just hope you have a good sinker going, which I did. Not to take anything away from what they did. They took what I was giving them. LaHair did a good job hitting that sinker the other way with nobody [there]. We had a little shift played on him with a guy on third base, and he just played pepper with the shortstop and that’s the ballgame.”

You knew you guys were in a shift?

“Not really. It’s really no secret what I’m going to try to do. I’m going to try to throw him sinkers away, off-speed down and in, off-speed down in the zone. The way my sinker was going today, it would have been hard to pull it. But he did hit some off-speed pitches for a base hit up the middle in his first at-bat, and he pulled a curveball to the first baseman, so…. It obviously didn’t work out for us this time, but that’s just how the ball bounces sometimes. No pun intended. They had the breaks and they won the game.”

The look you gave after the hit, surprised shift was on?

“Off the bat, honestly I didn’t know where the defensive guys were playing. Off the bat I thought it was going to have a play made on it; and Jack still almost made a play on it. It would have been a real good play, but he did the best job he could to try to get there and make a throw. We had a big left-hander there who was not too quick [LaHair], so there was a chance to make a play. A game like today, one little door that opens can win the ballgame. That was an opportunity that they took advantage of. It’s the littlest things that win these kind of games.”

**CHIPPER JONES

On hitting balls directly at defenders in the shift

“Yeah, the shift won them the game today. It lost them the game last night. So, you live with it you’re going to die by it. Unfortunately today we couldn’t really get anything going, and when we did we hit a bullet right at somebody. But Huddy pitched good. That’s the silver lining. He seems to be back in command and we look forward to having him healthy the rest of the year.”

On Maholm, always tough on Braves

“He was dotting that back-door cutter pretty consistently. Good change-up, two-seamer in, good curveball. He’s a guy that’s going to keep you off-balance. When you get your opportunities you’ve got to take advantage of them. We thought we did, but we hit right into the shift. So give him his due, he pitched well.”

63 comments Add your comment

Big D in Little a

May 9th, 2012
5:58 pm

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John

May 9th, 2012
6:03 pm

Is DOB on crack? Maholm has been pretty bad this year. Dempster has been good but don’t be spouting nonsense about Maholm being good this year before this outing.

No Flag Since Lemke

May 9th, 2012
6:10 pm

Damn shame. When you throw the kind of game Huddy threw, you’re supposed to win.

Felix

May 9th, 2012
6:12 pm

Once again a Braves pitcher pitches his guts out and the Braves offense wimps out. It wasn’t like Nolan Ryan was pitching for the Cubs–the Braves were up against a very average pitcher.

Weaseal

May 9th, 2012
6:17 pm

And on the the Gate Way to the West…. I say we bust out big in St. Louis

Dan Struggla

May 9th, 2012
6:19 pm

Sometimes you have to tip your cap.

Darryl Blackberry

May 9th, 2012
6:19 pm

Suddenly every team in baseball has a couple aces up its sleeve. The days of multiple hundred-win clubs seem to be over. Even in the East, clubs aren’t able to run away and hide with the division anymore.

That said, I really wish the Braves would put together a winning streak of more than three games and assert themselves against teams like the Cubs. Letting two of three go against a team like Chicago’s only gives the Cubbies false hope. Honestly, with the state of the Cubs’ bullpen, the Braves have to feel disappointed with this series loss in particular…

phil

May 9th, 2012
6:19 pm

John….

A real sweetheart.

:roll:

Gordo

May 9th, 2012
6:36 pm

Did the Bravos forget how to hit on the flight from Denver to Chicago? How much more cap tippin and we hit the ball well comments are necessary. The team is pathetic when it comes to hitting with RISP! It seems to me that if batters see some shifts, they may try to hit the other way?? Also, patience as a batter is great, but our so-called hitters seem to take strike one ALL THE TIME! Then hitting behind in the count, they labor to hit the ball. The Bravos are not of championship caliber. Hitting in the clutch just doesn’t happen! Damn

J-Man

May 9th, 2012
6:36 pm

For some reason Maholm is one of those pitchers that the Braves can never hit. Like R.A. Dickey, Dillon Gee, Joe Blanton……..just be glad he isnt in the NL East

Myke hawk

May 9th, 2012
6:38 pm

Bust out big in STL???? They’re gonna get swept if their Busch stadium trend continues

Who Me?

May 9th, 2012
6:41 pm

Let Huddy down on this one, great game. Crappy RISP numbers once again….

Matt

May 9th, 2012
6:43 pm

Hi! Go Braves!!

Brandon

May 9th, 2012
6:54 pm

@John – maholm had two bad outings to start the season, but since then, in his next 4 starts including today, he has a 1.08 ERA in 25.1 innings pitched allowing only 15 hits and 6 walks (3 of those today). His opponents have been the Braves, Reds, Dodgers, and Phillies, all solid to good offensive teams. I think it is safe to say that DOB is not on crack.

Even still, take away those crazy shifts and the braves would’ve won. Luck was on the Cub’s side today. It’s not like atlanta wasn’t hitting the ball hard, the defense just had them played perfectly.

Matt

May 9th, 2012
6:59 pm

wallypip

May 9th, 2012
7:02 pm

I wonder why more professional hitters don’t go ahead and tap the ball through the opposite gap when the infield shifts that much. Watching this series, the Cubs employed a lot of shifts and the Braves too frequently hit rockets right into it. McCann, especially, should just start occasionally dinking or bunting the ball to the left side. True, he wouldn’t hit any homers doing that, but it’s one way to defeat the shift in a hurry. Once they know he’s a risk to go the other way, he can whale away at a more normal looking defensive alignment. Dude’s hitting .230. He could use a few cheap hits to the left side.

braves blog

May 9th, 2012
7:03 pm

four lousy runs in three games in a bandbox partk
pretty pathetic i say

Mets R Best

May 9th, 2012
7:07 pm

While we are taking care of business against the Phils, I see the Braves have lost again.
Hey Braves fans, we are gaining on you. Don’t look back. I figure the Mighty Mets will sweep the Phils tonight.

Cap: Where's My Tip

May 9th, 2012
7:12 pm

“They keep pitching like that, they’ll be OK. They’ve got enough guys who can scoot around the bases, they’ll be able to create some runs.”

it’s still the Cubs Fredi, and they don’t look like a team that’s going to compete this year either.

Erika

May 9th, 2012
7:22 pm

Maholm had 2 bad starts to begin the year but he’s pitched excellently over his last 4 outings. 19 1/3 innings pitched and 2 earned runs.

Erika

May 9th, 2012
7:36 pm

The Cubs probably won’t compete this season because they lack a consistent offense but some of you guys are vastly underestimating how good their starters can be/were in this series. Dempster leads the League in ERA (going into yesterday it was 0.95 and actually went up to 1.01 after he gave up a run in 7 innings). Samardjiza’s ERA is now just slightly over 3 at 3.03 and I’ve already posted about Maholm’s last 4 starts. Also, because the Cubs had the lead in 2 of the 3 games, it gave them the luxury of going to their best bullpen arms.

Oh yeah, all the balls hit right at defenders is by design. The Cubs, under new management, are probably shifting more than any other team in baseball. Epstein/Hoyer/Sveum believe in using spray charts to position defenders. In many cases they are moving with every pitch.

Give them credit.

Brandon

May 9th, 2012
7:47 pm

True Erika! The cubs starters have been lights out after a rough start. Since April 21, they have a 2.66 ERA which is the best in the majors! I also went into more detail on maholm a little further up on the page. He’s been really strong of late

Dirty Dawg

May 9th, 2012
8:02 pm

I’m sorry but this crap about neither the pitcher, and especially the catcher, not knowing how their fielders were playing the best hitter in the Cub’s lineup is just that – crap. Who the hell is calling the defenses – yeah I know it’s one of he coaches in the dugout, but how is he doing it? Telepathy? That’s about as fundamental as it gets and I’d be embarrassed as hell if I were the manager, and if I was the GM, somebody would have a plug taken out of their butt(s).

SOS Braves

May 9th, 2012
8:12 pm

Why is Jack Wilson on this team? He is the Greg Norton of 2012.

cubbies fan

May 9th, 2012
8:13 pm

what happened to the braves 6 run per game average in this series cubbies pitching that’s what happened i’ll bet you 2 to 1 that they lose the series to the redbirds this weekend too.

Bob

May 9th, 2012
8:14 pm

The Braves hitters are tired of traveling and took this game off. But, if Fredi was a real ML manager, he would be hitting Uggs second or fifth…he leaves too many runners on base. Great performance by Huddy.

JNick

May 9th, 2012
8:40 pm

Uggla hitting 2nd? I hope you meant seventh. Or eighth.

J-Man

May 9th, 2012
8:43 pm

Jack Wilson is on this team because we have PAstornicky on this team and we have him to replace him defensively……….just wish we had some one to replace Pastornicky offensively

Mister Frisky

May 9th, 2012
8:57 pm

JNick

May 9th, 2012
9:00 pm

No team has a .300 hitter at every position…no reason to be blaming the SS for anything tonight – Jack Wilson likely saved 2 or 3 runs with his defense tonight, and Pastornicky is far from the worst hitting position player on the team. Uggla, McCann and even Prado (although he had 2 doubles tonight) need to start pulling their weight. Uggla is more of a defensive liability than anyone on the team.

Charlie

May 9th, 2012
9:05 pm

The Braves score no runs today. They score a total of 5 runs in the three games. But Fredi sas the offense was fine. He has got to be the biggest idiot in the English-speaking. Where does he come up with such garbage? Amazing the crap that falls from his face.

JNick

May 9th, 2012
9:27 pm

Yeah, you’re right, we’ve only scored the 2nd most runs in all of baseball, Charlie. Our offense sucks.

Mets R Best

May 9th, 2012
9:35 pm

Eight inning, up by two, and the Mighty New York Mets are about to complete a masterful sweep of the Phils (yes the Phils, the team that keeps stomping the Braves). We have almost caught you Braves; were you choking in Chicago from feeling the heat?

JNick

May 9th, 2012
9:38 pm

Mets, your run differential is -22, you’ll be back to reality soon. Didn’t you just get swept by the Astros?

Mets R Best

May 9th, 2012
9:41 pm

Now up 5 runs in the 8th.

I seem to remember the Braves getting swept by the Mighty New York Mets.

JNick

May 9th, 2012
9:42 pm

It’s a long season, d-bag :)

Bravepc

May 9th, 2012
9:50 pm

All of you idiots checking the box score then coming on here crying about how the offense took a day off need to watch the game! Ill be the first one to get mad if I see batters just hacking to get the day overwith, but that was not the case. I saw the game, and I can’t be mad at them. Cubs made some good plays, and got lucky with the shifts. As for hitting the other way on command. Why do you think a .300 avg( that’s 3 out of 10) is considered good in baseball. Hello! Its hard to hit the ball in gerneral. If it were easy you would be doing it instead of annoying real braves fans

J-Man

May 9th, 2012
10:04 pm

I think the Braves are a good team and I’m still more worried about the Phillies than the Nationals. But we do have problems and I’m gonna list them.

1. Fredi Gonzalez……..I dont think he deserves to be fired but with his questionable moves and lack of fire and intensity and the fact he will allow certain pitchers to stay on the roster when they should be replaced.

2. Tyler Pastornicky…….He has finally improved his hitting but he is still questionable with the bat, But what isnt questioned is his defense……which is flat out awful. In fact the only reason we have Jack Wilson on the team is because Pastornicky needs a defensive replacement late in games……Fact is Simmons outperformed him in Spring Training and deserved to be here instead.

3. Chad Durbin- He has the 3rd highest ERA in the majors and has the most appearances on the team. Unlike EOF he doesnt have a good history to fall back on and has a career ERA over 5.

4. EOF- He has had a bad year this year………See Fredi Gonzalez over using him and burning him out……I think he needs a trip to the DL to recharge his batteries and to work on his mechanics.

5. The pitchers starters and relievers do no go after hitters and are allowing too many lead-off walks.

6. Prado hitting in the Number 2 spot

7. Brian McCann not adjusting to that shift.

8. Dan Uggla swining at anything

9. The fact we need another lefty reliever

10. There is no 10 because this is a good team that if they can remedy some of these flaws can become the team to beat.

JAFO

May 9th, 2012
11:20 pm

Add bravepc to the ‘real fan’ list.

Mister Frisky

May 9th, 2012
11:21 pm

No tip of the cap from FG.Very disappointing.

Mister Frisky

May 9th, 2012
11:22 pm

JAFO IN THE HOUSE.

JNick

May 9th, 2012
11:35 pm

Awww, there’s a list? Is it like a club?

DerekZ

May 10th, 2012
12:07 am

Shame. Really thought we were going to get DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY with it today.

JAFO

May 10th, 2012
12:08 am

MF- How are you brother? I was in Chicago and went yesterday and today. I tipped my cap to another lefthanded “ace” pitcher on your behalf. Fair amount of Braves jerseys. Difficult to tell how many were ‘real fans’ from this blog.

nashvillewill

May 10th, 2012
12:19 am

Inconstancy, thy name is Atlanta. Get used to it.

JNick

May 10th, 2012
12:37 am

I think you’re missing an “is” in that word, Will….

bill

May 10th, 2012
7:14 am

I am confused. To make the shift work when on defense you pitch middle to inside forcing the hitter to pull the ball into the shift. Your pitcher has to know this or he will pitch outside and the hitter will dribble one through the vacant infield position. How can a team employ the shift and the pitcher not know after meeting before the at bat. Why would you pitch to a .400 hitter when you have a base open and a buck 90 hitter up next. Fredi is a pathetic manager and he looks like Bobby Cox when he lies about a game he let get away. When will we win a game by out managing the oponent? Why was there no manager presence before the winning hit was discussed on the mound. We have to win some of these defensive struggles by out managing the oponent. Why do we always try to pull against the shift? Maybe we should demand a meeting on the mound before we hit. When Fredi says Wilson almost got to the winning hit I would remind him that last season we almost won the wild card. Off today. Go Braves. Tell Fredi not to prepare for Pujols he is in the American league now.

Brave New World

May 10th, 2012
7:59 am

We’re tied for first place, and it’s very early in the season – why all the “sad faces?”

Mr. Cub

May 10th, 2012
8:58 am

I was going to add a comment…naw…think what you want.

Hatfieldgeoff

May 10th, 2012
9:05 am

Why do the Braves keep complaining about the shifts teams are using against them. The fielders are not magically appearing behind second base. They are there the whole time. Hit the ball somewhere else. ‘Hit it where they ain’t’ the saying goes. McCann says he is capable of hitting the ball to the opposite field. Well I suggest he starts doing it!

Hatfieldgeoff

May 10th, 2012
9:16 am

Dirty Dawg is absolutely right. If out pitcher and catcher don’t know how the defense is being positioned behind them somebody needs to be fired. That is just crazy. Gonzalez is definitely a Bobby Cox protege your team just gets shutout on four hits and you say the “offense wasn’t a problem.” Well it wasn’t a problem for the Cubs’ starter that’s for sure.

The Red

May 10th, 2012
9:37 am

Anyone who keeps wondering why we have Wilson backing up Pastornicky needs to remember back 20 years to the Blauser/Belliard duo.

Matt

May 10th, 2012
9:46 am

Good Morning! Go Braves!!

cubbies fan

May 10th, 2012
10:09 am

Enter your comments here

henry tn

May 10th, 2012
10:20 am

braves choke against the Philly’s and the mets don’t that;s the difference–good pitching in Chicago….

Mister Frisky

May 10th, 2012
10:21 am

Good Morning JAFO and welcome back.Very cool you took to the road to see the Braves.That is REAL FAN stuff.I was immersed in the Ky Derby this past weekend and need to get my Brave groove back.

Brave New World

May 10th, 2012
10:51 am

Mr. Cub May 10th, 2012 8:58 am
I was going to add a comment…naw…think what you want.

Cubs: 13-18 (tied for last place). That’s what you’re probably thinking, Mr. Cub. Taking 2 of 3 from the first place Braves is about as close as your Cubs are going to get to the playoffs in 2012. But that’s ok, any true Cubs fan is used to losing.

Matt

May 10th, 2012
12:02 pm

Lobosolo

May 10th, 2012
1:11 pm

For the sake of humanity, armchairs, when are you going to realize that sometimes you just get out-pitched/out-played…. any team in the majors is capable of doing that, even the worst team to the best… it happens all the time…. All of you judgers on this player’s bat or this player’s glove, or this player’s pitching – you have nothing to base your opinions on other than what you see sitting on your behind on the couch… you can’t judge how much “fire” is in a man’s heart by his outer countenance… you cannot know what injuries may be hurting a player if the club doesn’t tell it to the media, which none will unless there is a trip to the DL involved… AND, SINCE NONE OF YOU CAN EVEN REMOTELY DREAM OF PLAYING BASEBALL ON ANY LEVEL HIGHER THAN A Wii MACHINE, HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO BUSINESS CALLING ANY PLAYER “AWFUL”… you are armchairs… nothing more… stick to your own areas of expertise and STOP CRYING!!!!!

The Bravos are 1 1/2 games away from the best record in the major leagues, armchairs…. once again, any loss means a full day of wanking, repeating the obvious, or telling professionals how to do their jobs… you jagasses are DELUSIONAL!!!!

Matt

May 10th, 2012
1:15 pm

You are wrong again.

Matt

May 10th, 2012
1:26 pm

so long children

eddie

May 10th, 2012
4:07 pm

I did an article on the status of the braves and the cards aas well as my predictions for their upcoming series against each other so come by check it out and enjoy! http://baseballpitboss.com/2012/05/atlanta-braves-look-to-get-back-on-track-against-st-louis-cardinals/

Tommy

May 10th, 2012
4:10 pm

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